The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.
©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
there were lots of examples in this book. Overall the book was pretty good but if you're actually looking for how to create a checklist and what to put on it this is not the correct book. dishes games a lot of examples of where checklists are applied and how they help
The simplicity of the idea and how much of a difference it will make in the workplace and home. Great examples of different usage in the real world and the before and after's.
I work in finance and manage large sums of wealth for complex families. This book is spot on in the need to manage complexity with teamwork and systemization. If your a professional who is tasked with dealing with stressful and complex or even diverse actions. This book can help invigorate an approach to solve that.
Awesome and informative book. It is well paced and uses exciting stories and examples to make its point. The narrator is so good, I had to double check that he wasn't the author more than once.
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I love this book. The speaker is amazing. Great storyline and content. I'm a teacher and could use many tips for my work..
I was hoping for more "how-to's" and ways to make a checklist most effective. However, there were some great stories in the book that underscored the importance of a checklist.
Great examples. Wonderful stories. Practical suggestions for application. This is one of those simple rules to success that people would rather not do. Why do easy when complicated gets more attention.
I will definitely read this again.
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